The Visual Arts Exhibition: Is Contemporary Art Penalized?

Conceptual Qualities? I was recently in conversation with the DP Visual Arts Chief Examiner, Subject Manager and Principal Examiner for Exhibition SL. The Subject Manager was interested in particular in our interpretation of the 'Conceptual Qualities' Exhibition criterion. A teacher had suggested that students who focused on styles and formats of contemporary art in their final art exhibition may not do as well as students who worked in more traditional forms (e.g. painting and drawing); in effect the suggestion was that contemporary art ...

WHAT IS THE EXAMINER LOOKING FOR? (Relating to the 2015 visual arts upload for the current/’old’ course)

For many of us, this is more or less the last time that we will be thinking about “studio work” and the “investigation workbook” – certainly in those terms – because in a few weeks the visual arts course that started in 2009 will be just a fading memory. Personally speaking, as a course I felt it was far from perfect, but over the years I think most of us got used to it. One major flaw that frequently exasperated teachers in ...

HAPPY NEW YEAR! (VISUAL ARTS GRADE AWARD December 2014)

Happy New Year, everyone! I’m going to start my 2015 Blog with a quick look back to the most recent Visual arts grade award meeting, which for the first time ever was VIRTUAL. Grade Award meetings occur twice a year (in November and June) and previously have always taken place in Cardiff (Wales, UK). Senior visual arts examiners together with the Chief and Deputy Chief examiners met (virtually) with the visual arts assessment team and the Subject Manager. Usually we also have ...

HAPPY NEW YEAR! (and the DECEMBER GRADE AWARD!)

Happy New Year, everyone! I’m going to start my 2014 Blog with a quick look back to the most recent Visual arts grade award meeting, which occurred in Cardiff (Wales, UK) just before Christmas. Senior visual arts examiners together with the Chief and Deputy Chief examiners meet with the visual arts assessment team and the Subject Manager twice a year in Cardiff. We also had the pleasure of welcoming Charles, our December Grade Award teacher observer. (If you are interested in attending a ...

VISUAL ARTS GRADE AWARD JUNE 2013 part 1

Together with a group of other senior examiners, the chief examiner, the Subject Manager and various other IBDP important assessment people, I have just spent a week in sunny Cardiff, the lively capital city of Wales and home of the IBDP Assessment Centre. It was a busy, interesting, challenging and very productive week. Prior to arrival I wondered how the new digital upload process and the new ‘teacher interview’ process would affect things, but was pleasantly surprised to find everything very much ...